Croatia vs. Nigeria World Cup Betting Preview and PicksPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
In two weeks’ time, FIFA will open the door on the year’s enticing World Cup betting action. Before you know it, you’ll have to make your predictions on the international tournament. So, to help make sure you’re up to date, we’re taking an early look at the first round of matchups from the 2018 World Cup. On the menu for today is the Croatia vs. Nigeria pairing. What kind of contest will the World Cup parlay odds predict?
2018 World Cup – Croatia vs. Nigeria – Saturday, June 16th
When: 3:00 pm ET
Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia
Stream: Fox Sports Go
World Cup Betting Odds:
Croatia’s World Cup breakout came at their first ever tournament appearance. Back in 1998, the Croatians managed to finish 3rd overall in the tournament. Since then, the club has failed to make it out of the group stage. In the European Championships, Croatia has made two quarterfinals appearances but have failed to win the tournament itself. All in all, the country enters this year’s draw with one of the best midfielders in the world. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic as well as Barca’s Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic. That’s quite the compilation of eye-catching clubs. In addition to a tremendous midfield, Croatia has Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren in the backfield. No doubt about it, Croatia will be one tough team to beat.
Players to Watch: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Luke Modric (Real Madrid), and Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).
Nigeria punched their World Cup ticket back in October when Alex Iwobi scored a crucial goal against Zambia. On top of that, Nigeria turned some heads when they played Argentina in a friendly. Their 4-2 winning performance gave them some notoriety in the eyes of some bettors. We’ll find out if it was luck on June 26th when those two face off once again. All in all the country has never made it out of the group stage and will be vying to snap that drought this time around.
Players to Watch: Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), and Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow).
Croatia vs. Nigeria || World Cup Betting Predictions
Croatia vs. Nigeria || World Cup Betting Picks
So which side should sportsbook bettors take in this Croatia vs. Nigeria World Cup betting matchup? As was to be expected, Nigeria are pegged as the betting underdogs. They’ll be outgunned and outclassed by Croatia in this contest. The odds out on Croatia make them a very lucrative option in a game they should win handily. Sign up today to make this 2018 World Cup prediction!
Score Prediction: 2-0 Croatia. The Croatians kick things off on a high note with a dominant win over Nigeria.